Underline Social at Pilo’s Street Tacos

January 23, 2018

Taco Tuesday? Yes, please! Join us for an Underline Social at Pilo’s Street Tacos on Tuesday, January 23rd from 6:30-9pm. Hang with The Underline Young Professionals Organization and The Brickell Run Club for an after [run] party that includes 1 free taco/person (Tiznado & Pastor) courtesy of Pilo’s. Hear about all things happening health, fitness & fun with The Underline. Hungry runners and non-runners welcome. Eat, network and enjoy!

Joining the run? Meet your fellow athletes at 6:30pm at the Fortune Realty lot (1300 Brickell Avenue)

Just the food? Meet at Pilo’s Street Taco’s at 6:30pm.

Sign up on Eventbrite here.

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Congresswoman Ros Lehtinen recognizes Honorary Board Member Parker Thomson

January 19, 2018

On January 10th, Congresswoman Ileana Ros Lehtinen took to the House Floor to recognize The Underline’s Honorary Board Member, Parker Thomson. “Mr. Thomson represented the sprit of hard work and served as a mentor to co-workers and friends…Parker Thomson has left a legacy of service to his community, one that future generations should seek to emulate.” We thank Congresswoman Ros Lehtinen for recognizing the great work of Parker Thomson as a community leader, and in particular, his leadership in The Underline project. Watch the video below:

Travel Weekly: Miami puts it all on the line with new park project

January 3, 2018

By Megan Padilla | December 27, 2017

When Miami unveils the first three of its 10 planned linear miles of parks and trails in 2020, the Underline will join the ranks of New York’s Highline, Atlanta’s Beltline, Houston’s Buffalo Bayou and Chicago’s 606. Said Jack Kardys, Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreations and Open Spaces director, “Every great city has a great park system. The Underline will be the centerpiece of our system.”

Its genesis, though, didn’t come from an urban planner or landscape architect. It was the brainchild of Meg Daly, a Miami resident who would ride Metrorail to reach her physical therapy sessions after breaking both arms in an accident in 2013. Part of that commute involved walking along a wide, shaded corridor beneath the train tracks. Daly appreciated how cool it kept her on those July walks, and she couldn’t help noticing that she was the only person using it. She immediately envisioned the space as an enhanced urban trail.

“Miami is one of the most dangerous places to walk and bike in the country,” said Daly. “The Underline will be an off-road safe haven and the spine of a future biking and walking network that connects our communities.”

Fast forward a little more than four years later and Daly’s idea has begun to take shape. “People told us what they want,” said Daly: two paths — one for biking, one for walking — lighting, native landscaping, public art, seating, water fountains and safe crosswalks. Today, Daly is a fulltime volunteer and the engine driving the Underline.

Initial funds were privately raised and used to pay for a master plan by James Corner Field Operations, a renowned urban planning and landscape architecture firm with worldwide offices. Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden in Coral Gables is the horticulture consultant on native species that will be exclusively used to ensure sustainability.

When complete, the Underline will run 10 miles beneath the Miami Metrorail from Brickell Station to Dadeland North Station. The Underline will be a linear park, urban trail and living art destination that will transform the previous pedestrian walkway and bike path under the Metrorail into a thriving space of natural habitats, world-class walking, running and biking facilities, inviting exercise zones and a blank canvas for local artists to contribute murals, sculptures, installations and performance art.

It will also be home to butterfly gardens and rare orchids, part of Fairchild’s Million Orchid Project to preserve Florida’s endangered native orchids by propagating and reintroducing a million plants to Miami’s urban landscape.

The total cost is projected at $10 million per mile, for a total of $100 million. To put that in perspective, Atlanta’s Beltline cost was $14 million per mile. New York’s Highline was $130 million per mile, “Though it had very different conditions,” Daly pointed out.

The City of Miami will build the project using money from a variety of city, county and state sources. Private dollars raised are funding an endowment to pay for the Underline’s management, maintenance and programming.

Today, that programming includes free by-weekly yoga classes, a monthly group bike ride and other events that bring people together outdoors. The Underline’s Facebook page is the best place to learn about events.

The Underline’s believers see it as a major destination connecting neighborhoods and people and that will transform Miami into a safe place to bike and walk. The master plan gives each neighborhood a distinct design. Mile zero begins in Brickell, Miami’s second downtown, and will be called Brickell Backyard. The three-quarter-mile section will have an outdoor gym, basketball court, a free-range dog area, parking for 100 bikes, concessions, a sound stage, a playground and public art. At least a half-dozen hotels are within a five-minute walk, said Dale. Brickell Backyard is fully funded and is going to bidding and permitting, with construction set to begin by the end of 2018.

The next two miles are what is called the “typical trail” and act as connective tissue between programmed areas. Daly points out thought that they aren’t at all “typical,” with two trails, separated for pedestrians and cyclists, as well as all the features expected for safety and comfort. This section is also funded and will begin construction just after Brickell’s begins.

The first three miles are expected to have staggered openings in 2020.

“Other linear parks and trails like NYC’s Highline, Chicago 606 and the Atlanta Beltline all have big economic impact with increased property values and transit and trail oriented development,” Daly said.

Miami Herald: Proposed walking, bicycle trails under Metrorail get up to $15M from Coral Gables

January 2, 2018

Proposed walking, bicycle trails under Metrorail get up to $15M from Coral Gables

The Real Deal: Underline scores $15M in funding from Coral Gables

January 2, 2018

December 06, 2017

The Underline just got another boost in funding, this time from the city of Coral Gables.

The Coral Gables City Commission voted Tuesday to direct $15 million from impact fees, which come from developers constructing projects in the area, to the linear park. Collecting the funds will take about five years and will likely come from projects like the controversial Paseo de la Riviera, the Miami Herald reported.

The proposed multimillion-dollar park project, which will run under the Metrorail from Brickell to Dadeland, is now only $15 million short of the $100 million it needs for construction. Friends of the Underline, the nonprofit leading the charge for the park, plans to break ground in about a year by starting construction on the Brickell portion.

In the Gables, the park will run in front the University of Miami and NP International’s Paseo de la Riviera, which recently secured construction financing.

Last month, the city of Miami’s planning and zoning department proposed providing bonuses to developers who contribute funds for the city’s portion of the planned 10-mile park.

About a year earlier, Miami city commissioners approved $50 million in funding for the Underline. The money will come from development fees charged by the city, while bout $67 million will be raised through private donations and other public funding.

[Miami Herald] – Katherine Kallergis

Miami Art Week 2017 & The Underline

December 4, 2017

Miami Art Week 2017 is here and Friends of The Underline are participating in two major events:

The Brickell Stage:
On December 8 and 9, on The Underline’s future Brickell Backyard, The University of Miami School of Architecture faculty and students will build and program the Brickell Stage in collaboration with Friends of The Underline and Miami Dade County.  The pop up stage and art installation is funded by the Miami Foundation Public Space Challenge, an ideas contest that invests in creating, activating, and enhancing local parks and public gathering places,

The Brickell Stage will be a temporary pavilion designed to celebrate the connection between people and place in Miami’s urban setting. Located at the north exit of the Brickell Metrorail station, the open-air structure will create a sense of place with an elevated stage and flexible seating to host a variety of free interactive performances including live music, poetry readings, comedy, and more. The Brickell Stage will serve area pedestrians, transit riders, cyclists, city dwellers, tourists, art aficionados, and any passerby drawn into the varied programming.

The project is composed of a pattern of 1,001 painted rods that purposely decrease in precise mathematical increments from the edges to the center of the square platform to form an empty triangular stage space for music, poetry, and drama performances. This design creates a forced perspective that focuses the attention of the spectators on the performers and heightens the visual experience for all.

The Brickell Stage pop-up is free and open to the public, with performances beginning at 7:00 PM on Friday, December 8 through Saturday, December 9 at 1001 SW 1st Avenue, Miami, FL, 33130. For more information and to sign up, click here.

The Underline at NADA Art Fair:
Friends of The Underline is proud to participate in the 2017 New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) fair at Ice Palace Studios from December 7-10. NADA is the definitive non-profit arts organization dedicated to the cultivation, support, and advancement of new voices in contemporary art. The Underline has partnered with this great art exhibition to showcase artist Bhakti Baxter’s creative planters that were funded by ArtPlace America and displayed along the future Underline Winter 2017.

As a NADA cultural partner, the planters will be displayed outdoors and can be easily found on NADA’s map and guides. For tickets and more info, click here.

Parker Thomson, Underline Board Member and Acclaimed Attorney passes away at 85

November 7, 2017

Friends of The Underline share the sad news that Underline Board of Directors executive member, community leader and leading attorney Parker Thomson passed away on Friday, November 3rd at the age of 85. Among other incredible accomplishments, Parker was a devoted husband to wife Vann and father to Friends of The Underline founder Meg Thomson Daly, and Jamieson Thomson Thomas, Peter Thomson and Parker Thomson. Parker and a team of attorneys at Hogan Lovells have devoted thousands of pro bono legal counsel hours to propel The Underline project forward to become the fastest moving industrial use project of its scope in the country. The community owes a debt of gratitude to Parker’s vision, dedication and conviction to making Miami a better place for all of us. He will not be forgotten as his legacy continues on with the construction of The Underline.

Sign up on Eventbrite here. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to The Underline in his honor at theunderline.org

The Underline – SOMI Magazine Update with Meg Daly

October 17, 2017

The Underline is the name given to THE project to create a 10-mile urban trail and linear park from the Miami River to Dadeland South.  

Friends of The Underline a 501(c)(3) non-profit advocating to transform the underutilized land below Miami’s Metrorail into a 10-mile linear park, urban trail and canvas for artistic expression are gearing up for a busy year full of fun activities and events to keep the community exciting about the future Underline. 

Let’s Keep Giving!

Post Hurricane Irma, we witnessed our community mobilize, step up, volunteer and contribute to repair our homes, businesses, streets and parks and slowly reopen.  Unfortunately due to the Hurricane, we cancelled a Yoga class at Brickell City Centre and our October bike ride to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.  But the good news is we had some free time to volunteer cleaning up parks around the community and encourage our friends to help out too. Thanks to the many volunteers who made us #miamistrong!

Now that everyone is back in the saddle, we have Underline November events that will get you moving, making new friends and making a difference.  Leading up to and in support of the Miami Foundation’s Give Miami Day on November 16th, we have two really exciting events you won’t want to miss.

Give Miami Day and Events

On November 7th, Friends of The Underline Young Professionals will host a happy hour at Concrete Beach Brewery in Wynwood.  This and other YPO events will be fun and informative and take place throughout the year at different destinations near The Underline.  Don’t miss out, sign up on Eventbrite now.

Friends of The Underline board members Jessi Berrin, Meg Daly, Arden Karson and Judy Zeder will host a cocktail reception on November 9th at Lafayette 148 at Brickell City Centre.  Twenty-percent of purchases made from 7-9 that evening will be contributed to The Underline on Give Miami Day.  Email info@theunderline.org for more info.

The Miami Foundation’s Give Miami Day on November 16th is a 24-hour local non-profit contribution drive.  Please make a tax-deductible contribution to Friends of The Underline and other charities of your choice on the Give Miami Day site.  We depend on your contribution to provide free programming and advance our project as quickly as possible.

UnderFit exercise programs powered by Baptist Health South Florida

Attend a FREE UnderFit Yoga class at Brickell City Centre on November 11th and 25th at 10 AM. Sign up on Eventbrite soon.

Roll with The Underline Cycling Club from Brickell Metrorail Station to the Farmers Market at Merrick Park on November 5th at 10 AM.  Thanks to ride sponsor Colliers for the free refreshments! Sign up here http://bit.ly/2fIIe3c

Volunteers Needed!
The Underline is supported almost entirely by volunteers like you.  We need help at our many events, for project advocacy and more. Please volunteer at TheUnderline.org.

Underline Cycling Club Free Bike Ride November 5th

September 27, 2017

On November 5th, join us for some Sunday funday and exercise as we explore The Underline’s connections to future and existing destinations in our beautiful city!

Meet up at 9:30 AM at Brickell Metrorail Station for a 10AM departure. We’ll travel to our destination, The Village of Merrick Park, for some snacks, refreshments and locally sourced goods from The Farmer’s Market at Merrick Park! Feel free to join us on our ride back to Brickell for a 13-mile round-trip ride or catch the Metrorail at Douglas Station for a lift back. Sign up on Eventbrite here.

You can make a tax-deductible contribution of any amount but $10 person is recommended and very much appreciated. For more information visit www.facebook.com/theunderlinemia or email cycling@theunderline.org.

Special thanks to our Cycling Club sponsor Baptist Health South Florida and our Bike Ride Host Colliers.